Eddie Wilson and Jesse Sublett join Thorne Dreyer to discuss their much-anticipated book, Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir. Wilson founded the legendary Austin music venue that gave birth to the cosmic cowboy and brought fame to the lowly armadillo. Armadillo World Headquarters would become arguably the most important rock and roll hall in the country and it helped birth the Austin music scene. Joining Wilson in telling this incredible tale is writer-musician Jesse Sublett, whose punk band, The Skunks, performed at the Dillo. Jesse even performs a song for us on the show.
In the foreword to the book, famed rock music critic Dave Marsh writes: "Eddie's story is by turns hilarious, informative, and the living spirit of its age... [He] piles the most unlikely anecdotes on top of one another, creating a land of enchantment and an order of chemically altered consciousness that rescues an era I'd thought not so much lost as forgotten. Not only am I thrilled I've read this story and wish I was in it, I wish I'd written it."
Eddie Wilson managed the pioneering Austin folk/country/blues group, Shivas Headband. After he left AWQ, Wilson started the Raw Deal in 1976, and in 1981 bought Threadgill's -- where Janis Joplin got her start -- from country singer Kenneth Threadgill. Wilson added Threadgill's South in 1996 and has run the two restaurants/music venues, famous in their own right, ever since. Eddie Wilson was previously our guest on Rag Radio in July 2014.
Jesse Sublett is an Austin-based writer, musician, and artist known for his long-running punk-rock trio, the Skunks, and for his stylish rock-and-roll mystery novels, his Texas-themed non-fiction books, and his acclaimed murder-and-cancer memoir. Jesse Sublett has been on Rag Radio six times. Above, Eddie Wilson, left, and Jesse Sublett at the KOOP studios. Photo by Bob Simmons.Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar-powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today Live. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 57:24.